Nepalese politicians urged to complete drafting of new constitution

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Politicians in Nepal have been urged to compromise, to preserve the peace process and complete the drafting of a new constitution.

 The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who recently discussed the situation in the country with Prime Minister Jhala Nath Kanal.

 In addition, the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe has spoken by phone with leaders of the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist and the Nepali Congress. He urged them to act effectively at this critical juncture.

 Martin Nesirky is the UN spokesman.

 "The Secretary-General is concerned that despite the fast approaching deadline for the Constituent Assembly to complete its work by 28 May 2011, there is still no agreement on the important issues that divide the parties, namely on the integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants and key aspects of the constitution."

Nepal has not been able to adopt a new constitution since civil war in the country ended in 2006 because these outstanding issues have not been resolved.

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